San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance
Seattle-based bellydance artist
Tempest is the most recognized name associated with the art of Gothic & Steampunk Bellydance in North America and across the world. She is often referred to as the "Goth Mutha" for her groundbreaking work in dark fusion. She was the co-producer of the largest festival devoted Gothic Bellydance in North America - Gothla US from 2008-2010, and is the founder and primary author of The Gothic Bellydance Resource, which tracks the progress of the movement as it develops worldwide. She is the producer of Waking Persephone - an annual dark dance event, and Tapestry Dance Retreat, which focuses more on the sacred and folkloric aspects of the dance. As of 2012, Tempest has taught over 200 workshops on Fusion Bellydance and Ritual/Sacred Dance across the nation and in Europe, and actively travels each month teaching and performing. She has organized four nationwide tours (The Durga Tour in 2006 and 2009, and Movin'Th'Mischief Tour in 2007, and Ocean To Sea in 2012).
Her dance style is uniquely hers: creative, theatrical, full of expression - reaching forward to define the future of the dance, while being firmly rooted in traditional forms of bellydance. She brings her dynamic interpretation of the dance to her workshops with a sense of fun, a strong foundation in traditional technique, and a deep-hearted goal to aid students in developing their own sense of self within the dance.
Nouveau Noir Dance
Haunting audiences around the globe, Tempest’s area of specialty within the realm of Dark Fusion Bellydance is “Nouveau Noir” – dances that reflect the art and society of the early 1900’s, pulling inspiration from silent film and film noir, flappers, vaudeville, Denishawn (Ruth St. Denis), Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and the Orientalist craze. Students will learn sassy combinations that capture the elegant form, fluid movement, and dramatic stylings of these eras, while being taught in a format that will enable them to absorb them into their own personal repertoire.